Tis my happiness below

’Tis my happiness below
Not to live without the cross;
But the Savior’s pow’r to know
Sanctifying every loss.
Trials must and will befall;
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all—
This is happiness to me.
Did I meet no trials here,
No chastisement by the way,
Might I not with reason fear
I should prove a castaway?
Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Bring me to my Savior’s feet,
Lay me low and keep me there.
Steven Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

My favorite lines are:

stanza 2 "Love inscribed upon them all"

stanza 4 "Trials give new life to prayer."


There are 2 additional stanzas usually omitted:

2b. God in Israel sows the seeds,

Of afflictions, pain and toil;

These spring up, and choke the weeds,

Which would else o'erspread the soil;


3b. Bastards may escape the rod,

Sunk in earthly vain delight;

But the true born son of God;

Must not, would not, if he might.